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“Fanciful, niche or just plain bizarre”: we pick our top five silly season stories

31st August 2017

For many in our industry August is a time of relative relaxation. But despite the Westminster Village recess, allowing MPs and hacks a well-earned rest, for the media television cameras must still roll, papers must still be printed and Twitter feeds must be refreshed with new content. The result, it is fair to say, is a month or so of stories that are fanciful, niche or just plain bizarre. As we reach the end of August and normal business resumes, we’ve looked back and picked our silly season favourites.

Behind the Headlines: Big Boys Club?

21st July 2017

For the first time in the corporation’s history, the BBC has revealed the salaries of its highest paid talent. Olivia Crawford reports on the media’s reaction in this week’s Behind The Headlines.

Behind the Headlines: Freakish foods fuel Battle Royale

23rd March 2017

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Farming Today’, Princess Anne has openly backed genetically modified (GM) farming. This risks a royal rift with her brother, Charles, a strident anti-GM activist. The debate goes beyond the Windsors’ breakfast place however, with Brexit throwing the UK’s GM policy into question. Sam Barnett takes as look at the story and the next steps for the GM industry.

Breakfast with David Bond, Financial Times – Five Things We Learned

7th February 2017

Pagefield recently attended a Connect 3 Club breakfast with David Bond, European Media Correspondent at the Financial Times, chaired by Heidi Mallace of CTN Communications. In wide-ranging discussions about Facebook, fake news and future-gazing, here are five things we gleaned from the session, with Ellie Riddles.

Behind the Headlines: ‘Fake News’

30th January 2017

It’s an issue that’s been receiving plenty of media attention over recent months, but today it was announced that an official inquiry is being launched by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee into ‘fake news’. Ben Winter takes a look at the fake news phenomenon, why it’s an issue and asks whose responsibility it is to regulate.

Meet the Editor: Five Things We Learned from ITV News

19th January 2017

Pagefield’s latest ‘Meet the Editor’ event welcomed ITV News in a lively conversation. Joined by Geoff Hill, Editor and Joel Hills, Business Editor, each gave us an insight into the channel and how broadcast media is evolving in the new digital era. Here are five things we learned, with Marie Lorimer.

“Her Majesty was delighted. Very seasoned hands in our press office say they cannot remember a day that got such amazing coverage”

Edward Young – Deputy Private Secretary to The Queen

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Nicola Shaw – Executive Director UK, National Grid and former Chief Executive, HS1 Ltd

“Their strategic vision, creative approach and absolute commitment to delivering flawless communications have been central to achieving our goal today.”

David Iron – Executive Director, Lunar Mission One

“As a team, Pagefield completely works – the  energy and the combination of integrity, principles, expertise, drive, and passion all make for an outstanding secret sauce that I have never come by before and I know doesn’t exist elsewhere. Together we have made a huge impact on Ctrlshift, its brand, its identity and its growth.”

Jane Fields – CMO, Ctrl-Shift